What is the dirtiest item in your house? Your first thought would probably be the toilet seat, and it is dirty, but it is not the dirtiest thing in your house.
In fact, it is not as dirty as many other items that you basically use and touch every day. If the germs on these surfaces were visible to the naked eye, you would probably never touch anything anymore.
If you are interested to know where all the germs you get come from, then here are the 10 of the dirtiest items that you use every day.
#1 – Your cutting board
According to the researchers of the University of Arizona, the cutting board has more than 200 times bacteria than a toilet. The main source of these bacteria is the raw meat because most of the fecal bacteria originate in the internal organs of an animal.
So basically, even the knife you used on that cutting board is basically holding a large number of those fecal bacteria as well.
How to clean it: Whether you use a plastic or a wooden cutting board, use water and a liquid dish detergent, then soak it in 1 gallon of water mixed with 2 teaspoons of bleach regularly.
*Don’t soak it overnight.
#2 – The food bowl of your pet
If you own a dog that likes to lick the toilet seat, then he is probably picking 295 bacteria/square inch, and when he is licking the inside of his dish, then he is picking 2,110 bacteria/square inch. The worst part about this is that cleaning it the old usual way is not going to help get rid of all the bacteria.
How to clean it: in order to keep your pet healthy, you must wash all the bowls with soap and hot water, then combine salt, baking soda, and warm water. Scrub it all in circles and then rinse it with water.
#3 – Your clean laundry
Yes, that’s correct! Your clean laundry can actually carry more than 100 million E. coli bacteria to the washing machine, and they are the main cause of diarrhea.
The washing machine is the home to millions and millions of bacteria where they grow and breed, especially if the water settles at the bottom of the machine. It will create a great “moisty” environment for them to grow. Your toilet seat, in another hand, is too dry to provide such an environment for the bacteria.
How to clean it: Wash your machine with bleach at least once a month, or you can just wash your white clothes with it and that will clean it all. In order to avoid the bacteria to spread, you can wash your underwear with hot water separately.
#4 – Your phone and tablet
Back in 2013, some researchers from England conducted a study where they swabbed 30 phones, 30 tablets, and a toilet seat of an office.
The phones had more than 140 units of Staphylococcus (responsible for severe stomach sickness), the tablets had more than 600 units, and the toilet seat had only 20 units. Also, if you use your phone while in the bathroom, then it is definitely holding more bacteria than that.
How to clean it: By cleaning your devices’ screens, you will be able to reduce exposure to those bacteria. You can clean them with a soft cloth, a damp or screen wipes. Don’t take them inside your bathroom.
#5 – Your carpet
Do you want to know something funny? Well, the bacteria’s favorite hobby is to munch on dead skin cells.
The average person sheds more than 1.5 million in each hour, which makes your carpets a great open “buffet” when you add pollen, pet dander, food particles, and other bits over it. The amount of bacteria living in your rug is 700 times more than your toilet seat.
How to clean it: A vacuum cleaner can’t reach the bottom of your rug, so it is best to hire a company that is specialized in deep cleaning. Do it at least once a year!
#6 – Your faucet handle
You can multiply the number of bacteria on your toilet seat by 21, and you will get how much germs your bathroom faucet has. But, if you multiply it by 44, then you will get the number of bacteria on your kitchen faucet handle. Isn’t it crazy?
How to clean it: You must clean it with your sink regularly to make sure that your hands are not getting dirtier when you wash them.
#7 – Your computer board
British researchers conducted another study to see what’s dirtier: the computer keyboard or a toilet seat. So they went to an office in London and swabbed 33 keyboards, and found out that it holds 5 times germs more than the toilet seat.
This issue has caused a stomach flu outbreak in 2007 at an elementary school in Washington, D.C.
How to clean it: You have to wash the surfaces and your hands regularly to protect yourself from any illnesses.
#8 – Your handbag
It turned out that your handbag does truly carry everything, including the germs. The British researchers found out that handbags that are used regularly are 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat, while an average handbag is only 3 times dirtier.
The handles of the bag are the ones with the most germs, and also, the creams and lipsticks inside the bag.
How to clean it: If you have cloth bags, then try to wash them regularly. But if you own leather and plastic bags, then it is best to use disinfectant wipes. Keep them off the ground!
#9 – Your TV remote
The device you use to switch channels is incredible germy. It collects the bacteria that were in your hands and anything that was roaming around the couch or the surface where you put it on. If you eat in front of the TV, then it is very possible that your remote still holds crumbs and germs from weeks ago!
How to clean it: You have to wipe down your remote control with an antiseptic wipe or dish soap regularly and make sure you clean between the buttons.
#10 – Elevator Buttons
Does your office or building have an elevator? If yes, then you are probably exposed to millions of bacteria every day as you are getting a quick ride to your floor. According to a Toronto university, the elevator buttons of public places can actually hold more bacteria than a toilet seat, like buildings and hospitals.
How to clean it: You probably wouldn’t want to clean the building or the office’s elevator and wipe down all of its buttons, but at least, you can wash and sanitize your hands when you reach your floor.